We have several missions coming up this week by SpaceX. The most interesting one will be when Axiom Space sends some of its astronauts up to the space station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon.
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We have a busy rocket launch schedule coming up This Week in Rocket Launches. Among them, the most interesting is the crewed mission to the International Space Station consisting of a diverse crew.
In the week beginning October 25, we'll see two missions to the International Space Station. One will be a cargo mission from Russia and the other will be a commercial crewed mission from SpaceX.
NASA has pushed back the splashdown for Crew-1 Dragon. The astronauts will now undock from the ISS on Friday before landing in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday morning. The event will be streamed.
NASA has pushed the Crew-2 Dragon mission back from Thursday to Friday. The crew will reach the space station on Saturday bringing the people on board to 11 until four people leave next week.
The week will see SpaceX take more astronauts to the ISS, a Helicopter fly on Mars, and possibly the first successful landing on SpaceX's Starship after it was selected for NASA's Artemis missions.
Dragon and the Falcon 9 become the first NASA-certified system in over 40 years for regular manned trips to the ISS. The approval echoes SpaceX's success in the Commercial Crew program.
Dubbed Crew-1, the Crew Dragon's second manned flight to the International Space Station is scheduled for next month on November 15, weather permitting, with four astronauts on board.
Falcon 9 broke the Atlantis space shuttle's turnaround time after it hoisted South Korea's first military satellite to deployment. For the first time, SpaceX retrieved both rocket fairings too.
On Saturday, NASA and SpaceX gave the go-ahead to Demo-2. Here's an in-depth look at Crew Dragon's maiden crewed test flight to the International Space Station from start to finish.
Crew Dragon has launched atop the Falcon 9 rocket and is now on its way to the ISS. This is a historic moment as for the first time in nine years, astronauts have taken off from American soil.
Shortly after completing the static fire test of the Raptor engine, the SN4 prototype for the Starship rocket exploded on the test stand. An uncontrolled leak seems to be the culprit.
Following the Launch Readiness Review, NASA and SpaceX have given the Crew Dragon launch atop the Falcon 9 rocket a go-ahead. However, the weather will still prove to be an important consideration.
After launching atop the Long March 5B rocket on Tuesday and successfully completing a series of maneuvers, the destined successor to the venerable Shenzhou crew capsule stuck its test flight landing.
After a delay, courtesy of unfavorable weather conditions, SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft took flight atop the Falcon 9 rocket and safely detached itself before the latter went up in flames.
As part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, Boeing will be conducting the maiden, unmanned flight test of its CST-100 Starliner vehicle atop the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 6:36 AM EST.
Unlike the previous run in April, which resulted in an explosion in the spacecraft, today, SpaceX was able to complete the static fire tests successfully after redesigning some components.
Today, the NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine met with the SpaceX founder Elon Musk. A crewed test flight might happen in Q1 of 2020, drop tests for the Mark 3 parachute to come, and more.
SpaceX's founder, Elon Musk, and the NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, will be meeting in Hawthorne to discuss Crew Dragon—a spacecraft that the two companies are collaborating on.